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第52期为您介绍的是独立室内设计师 罗秀达。更多关于他,请至:Luo Xiuda on gooood 

gooood team interviews creative individuals under 35 years old from all over the world, some are pioneering founders, some are clients, some are ordinary practitioners. gooood is trying to record the authentic living and working states of this era. Your recommendations and suggestions are appreciated!
gooood Under 35 NO.52 introduces independent interior designer Luo Xiuda. More about him: Luo Xiuda on gooood

出品人:向玲 / Producer: Xiang Ling
编辑:武晨曦,陈诺嘉,杨子遥 / Editor:  Wu Chenxi, Chen Nuojia, Yang Ziyao






Becoming an independent designer



I have been drawing since I was four. I majored in Environmental Art Design in university and later, logically, became an interior designer after graduation. I worked in a company for a few years, after which I found that I could be relatively free in the choice of both projects and clients if I do my own business, and fortunately I happened to met with the boom of online media that can largely support me to practice as an independent interior designer.

There are two major parts of my daily work: design and the follow-up part on the construction site. The design part is mainly done at home with a loose schedule. For example, if an idea suddenly comes up to my mind, I will get up from bed and pick up my pen to draw for a while. During the construction phase I go to the site once a week or at least once every two weeks, since my projects are basically in Beijing, which is convenient for me to discuss details with my clients and the construction staff.

Luo Xiuda’ s working place at home © 图片由罗秀达提供



My schedules were very demanding about four or five years ago as I had to do about 10 projects a year. It was a gradual process that I slowed down my pace and now have four or five projects per year. Basically I have to guarantee for no more than two projects on going simultaneously, which allows me to maintain full focus on each project.

Regardless of the way of work, we ultimately have to interface with our clients. As an independent designer, this is probably the most straightforward and efficient way to understand the clients’ needs and hopes, since it can eliminate a lot of procedure and communication costs. Of course, there are also disadvantages, like you may have to interrupt the design sometimes when you are not in good shape. This can be avoid if you are in a team or relied on a company.

▼罗秀达部分代表作,part of the projects by Luo Xiuda © 金伟琦 ©刘李卓




Sensitive but simple



“I think it is my philosophy to solve problems simply but powerfully, which is also one of the things I insist on in the long run.”





I’m a sensitive and perceptive type of person. I always have a variety of perceptions and ideas on a space before it is remodeled and designed. These vivid first impressions are going to be stored in my memory and can be retrieved at any time in subsequent stages to repeatedly verify my design.

I received a long-term basic education in painting and art before working, which I think has benefited me a lot, letting me have a more explicit perception of aesthetics, as well as helping strengthen my ability of observation, including observing the relationship between things. All these will implicitly influence my sensibility to materials, colors and spatial experience in design.

I am fond of simple people and simple things, and this has subtly affected my way of thinking and behaving. I pursue simplicity, but I don’t persist in minimalism, because in many cases there are complex methods hidden behind. I think it is my philosophy to solve problems simply but powerfully, which is also one of the things I insist on in the long run.

▼罗秀达的一些旅行摄影,Some photography by Luo Xiuda during travel © 罗秀达




Interior design is a balance of
Individuality and purity



“When the client’s individuality is combined with the pure base that I provide as a designer, a true home can be eventually completed.”



I don’t think individuality and purity are two contradictory things. First of all, I want my design to be simple and to reflect purity, but there is a limit to what a designer could do. When people physically move in a house, they will use the spaces in different ways. What an interior designer can do is to provide a good base, so that the homeowner can have more possibilities to live comfortably in the future. For example, changes in family members should be taken into account to create flexible living spaces for following generations. Just like people having different personalities, spaces also have their own individualities, which may find expression in specific furniture pieces, accessories and all those small objects that are closely related to their owners’ daily life. When this part of the individuality is combined with the pure base that I provide as a designer, a true home can be eventually completed.

▼罗秀达设计手稿,Design sketches by Luo Xiuda © 罗秀达


In any industry, whether it is interior design, fashion design, or some other design industry, there is a trend, which reflects the dynamics of a huge market. But for individuals, style is less important than it is usually imagined, and it will be sufficient for a client to have a relatively clear direction in his or her mind before starting an interior project. What really matters is whether the design can response to your need, your habits, your expectations and feelings about home. These are the things you touch and feel personally in everyday life, which is much more realistic and meaningful than the so-called style. Ultimately, a home must give people a safe and comfortable feeling.

Residence A of Hepingcun Village. A residence for a family of three, whose host is in hobby of reading and cooking © 金伟琦
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▼和平村装修前后,Before and after renovation © 罗秀达 © 金伟琦



Colors and materials



“It is always a better choice to maintain the unity of a space. It is much more interesting to see such unpredictable changes in one’s daily life than getting everything equipped right from the start.”



Color is related to a very personal feeling, and everyone has different perception of color. Some people think brightness colors can bring a sense of pleasure and joy, while others may feel calmness and tranquility from a palette of darker colors. At the beginning of each project, I will have a preliminary communication with my client, so that we can come to a basic agreement on the proposal of design, which is mainly according to the owner’s personal preference. From my point of view, it is always a better choice to maintain the unity of a space, especially in small apartments. Too much contrast of colors and materials will make the space over-inflated, while appropriate subtraction can visually extend the spatial experience. It is much more interesting to see such unpredictable changes in one’s daily life than getting everything equipped right from the start.

▼罗秀达作品:“未間”。通过深色调营造包裹感的生活场景 © 金伟琦
“Wei Jian” by Luo Xiuda. With dark colors, the design aims at constructing life scenes that conserves more life style
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▼“未間” 装修前后,Before and after renovation ©罗秀达 © 金伟琦







“At the beginning of each project I will make a list to figure out the key requirements proposed by each of the families, and next comes the design.”



The comfort of living does not depend on the size of the house, but on the number of its end users. For a person who live alone, a 40 to 50 square-meter apartment can definitely be comfortable, or even can be seen as luxury. When it comes to a multi-generational family, there will be much more complex considerations. The needs of everyone in the family have to be taken into account, and all functions should be arranged in place to meet the dynamic and changing use in the 24 hours. Another important consideration is storage, as it can affect the user’s mood and state of living. When designing a mini-sized unit, I usually provide customized solutions for different types of occupants. For example, personal preferences will be prioritized when designing for the only occupant, or else more attention will be paid to storage and shared spaces.

“SYM HOUSE” is a school district housing. The major demand is to meet the daily living demands of the young grandparents while providing the child with place to do homework. © 金伟琦
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▼“共同的家”改造前后,Before and after renovation © 罗秀达 © 金伟琦


Taking SULI House as an example, it is designed for a single owner, so the top priority is to make the intervention coincident with his habit and beauty appreciation. A customized book-shelf was installed as a prominent element in the house, which also functions as the partition that separates the living room from the sleeping area. All these are to let the owner enjoy the life of living alone and to enlarge his personality. In SYM House, the design focused more on practicability and functionality, as it would be used by three generations of the family. While it is also a small-sized residence, what you have to consider and provide solutions for can be completely different.

▼罗秀达作品:“SULI房屋改造”。设计移除了原空间内的3处隔墙,将原本各自独立的小空间化零为整,形成一个开阔舒适的空间。© 金伟琦
“SULI House”.  Three walls in the original room were removed to change the small and separated room into one, forming an open and cosy space.
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▼“SULI”房屋改造前后,Before and after renovation © 罗秀达 © 金伟琦


At the beginning of each project I will make a survey booklet to figure out the key requirements proposed by each of the families, and next comes the design. This can solve most of the problems that might occur in the following stages. Another significant factor is the frequency of use, for example, the bathroom should be considered as a “hot spot”for a multi-membered ​family. Meeting everyone’s needs without affecting each other’s routine, I think such kind of issues are more important than style or decorations.

▼罗秀达发给屋主的需求调研手册,The survey booklet that Luo Xiuda sends to his clients © 罗秀达




Why do homeowners need a designer?



“You can express all your ideas, even those you think are impossible to achieve, because the designer you hire might be able to deal with it.”



Hiring a designer to design your home can at least provide more possibilities and options. A professional designer brings professional methods and new angles to solve problems. With smooth communication, it is more likely to generate a lot of sparks and inspiration. On the one hand, you can speak out all your ideas, even those you think are impossible to achieve, because the designer you hire might be able to deal with it. On the other hand, the idea you tell may not correspond to what you really need. In this case the designer can help you evaluate your true demand and then cut the redundant part down. A designer is supposed to make the whole thing more efficient. This is why I suggest each new homeowner to find a specialized interior designer to help achieve a better result.

▼罗秀达作品:“开合之间”。一个为三口之家设计的色调冷静克制的居所,设计师希望它能给屋主一家带来宁静舒适的感受。© 金伟琦
“The Space of Switch” is a house for a familiy of three. The designer wants to achieve free flow of lights and air, harmony and cosy of human and space under the roof.
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“I also keep contact with my clients after the project is finished, and most of them can become friends.”



The homeowner, or the client, hardly have the ability to control the entire construction process, especially the details. For example, if I’m going to finish a gray wall in the space, how could I take the color accurately from the rendering? Is it rough or smooth? Is it matte or glossy? Should it be darker or lighter? There are thousands of options when it comes to the stage of implementation. This is why I always extend my work to further stages, such as the selection of materials and communicating with the workers on site, which I think is of great help to the completeness of the whole design, not to speak of that is what I love to do. I have learned a lot from the on-site workers, as some of them have 20 to 30 years of work experience, which provided me with valuable resource so that I could consider details from a practical perspective. I also keep contact with my clients after the project is finished, and most of them can become friends. The feedback from my clients can be very helpful in the later projects.

Luo Xiuda and construction workers at the project site © 图片来自罗秀达




As a homeowner, what preparations should be made?



“All construction stages are interlocked with each other, so it is very important to make all information open and transparent during the pre-design discussion.”




As a homeowner, you must be very clear about what you want and what kind of living environment you want to have in the future? Try to sort all these questions out clearly, or else there have to be unpredictable alterations in design and construction phases, since your preferences are constantly changing and will lead to doubts and uncertainties. All construction stages are interlocked with each other, so it is very important to make all information open and transparent during the pre-design discussion.

In addition, I do not recommend my clients to overfill the house as soon as they move in. There is a quite subtle “field” between space and people, which requires you to perceive and adapt to in a progressive way. Imagine that one day you encounter with a sofa or a work of painting, you take it home, and with the passage of time it creates a new emotional link with your space. This is the most interesting part of perfecting a home that is closely related with your own story.

▼罗秀达作品:“光之宅”。更多的自然光被引入一层和地下一层,改善了原先采光差的问题 ©效果图表现师:刘李卓
“The House of Light”. Natural light are introduced to the ground floor and the basement floor, so as to improve the poor daylighting of the original house







“The destination of design is not about aesthetics or techniques, it is about the control of human’s desire.”




After working as a designer for years, I have slowly realized that the destination of design is not about aesthetics or techniques, it is about the control of human’s desire. Desires can be what we truly need, which are the necessities that we can’t live without. Some desires are not generated from our true needs. They can be vanities, or just a short-lived fascination. True masterpieces are often presented with very simple and restrained features, as we can find in the work of those real masters like I.M. Pei and Tadao Ando. Going back to interior design, it is possible that the client only ask for 50%, but you forced him to reach 80% or 100% on the basis of his trust in you. This is tantamount to capriciously swaying the desires of others.

I think it would be a waste that everyone is catching up with the same trend. To clearly understand what you need is essential for creating a living environment that can continuously be well-functioning in the future, because it will help avoid the unnecessary waste of materials and resources brought by frequent alterations, and therefore make some small contribution to a more sustainable and virtuous development of the whole society.

▼罗秀达,Luo Xiuda © 图片由罗秀达提供


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